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Dutch Fairmount Escorts Scarabeo 9 Rig around the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa


Fairmount Marine, a Dutch marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation, announces that its powerful tug Fairmount Glacier has successfully assisted the new build semi submergible drilling rig Scarbeo 9 sailing around Cape of Good Hope.

For this operation Fairmount was contracted by Saipem Energies directly after the successful installation of  the Usan FPSO Unit offshore Nigeria.

Fairmount Glacier was contracted to sail towards a meeting point offshore South Africa where she met with Scarabeo 9 and escorted her safely around the Cape of Good Hope. Despite the bad weather encountered during the route, the  convoy proceeded at an average speed of 4.5 to 5.0 knots.

The semi submersible drilling rig Scarabeo 9 has a length of 115 metres, is 80 metres wide and her depth – from keel to main deck – is 35 metres. After they had safely cleared the South African Coast, the Master of Scarabeo 9 thanked Fairmount  Glacier for her continued support throughout the voyage. The Fairmount Glacier returned to Cape Town.


Brazil: Petrobras Discovers Good Quality Oil in Albacora Field


Petrobras announces the discovery of a new oil accumulation in the Campos Basin pre-salt, through well 6-AB-119D-RJS drilled in the Albacora field, 107 km off the coast and only 3.2km from the drilling rig P-31.

Preliminary volume estimates indicate an economically recoverable volume potential of approximately 350 million barrels of good quality oil (light).

Drilled at a water depth of 380m, it reached the total depth of 4835m, where an oil column of 241m was found, of which 104m are from the carbonate reservoirs of the Macabu Formation, with porosity around 10%.

This discovery will be the object of the Assessment Plan to be opportunely submitted to the ANP. The execution of the Long Duration Test to investigate the production behavior of this new accumulation will be decided after the assessment of the cased-hole drill-stem tests (CHDST) programmed for two ed intervals.

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